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Saturday, April 17 • 19:00 - 19:50
Utopia and Optimism in Science Fiction

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Between climate change, rising authoritarianism, and a pandemic, there’s no shortage of material for dystopian fiction. But as Ursula K. Le Guin reminds us, ‘Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society … to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope.’ Where do we find optimism in science fiction? What are the benefits of imagining utopian futures, and how do we maintain hope while acknowledging the scope of the challenges we face?

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Izzy Wasserstein

Izzy Wasserstein is a queer, trans woman. She teaches writing and literature at a public university in the American Midwest, writes fiction and poetry, and shares a house with a variety of animal companions and the writer Nora E. Derrington. Her fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld... Read More →

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S.B. Divya

Author, Editor
S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She is the Hugo and Nebula nominated author of Runtime and co-editor of Escape Pod, with Mur Lafferty. Her short stories have been published at various magazines including Analog, Uncanny, and tor.com. Her collection... Read More →

Octavia Cade

I am a New Zealand writer with a Masters in biology and a PhD in science communication. I have a particular interest in how science is presented in science fiction and horror, and have had a number of academic papers published on the subject, as well as several conference presentations... Read More →
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Georgina Kamsika

Georgina Kamsika is a speculative fiction writer born in Yorkshire, England, to Anglo-Indian immigrant parents and has spent most of her life explaining her English first name, Polish surname and South Asian features. Georgina is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop 2012... Read More →


Saturday April 17, 2021 19:00 - 19:50 UTC
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